Juan Felipe Herrera, the twenty-first Poet Laureate of the United States, will read from his work and meet the public in the Gothic Reading Room of the Rubenstein Library on West Campus. Mr. Herrera was selected for this honor on June 10, 2015, marking the first time that a Mexican-American--and by extension Latino--author has been recognized with the country's highest honor in poetry since the post was created in 1936. A poet, photographer, anthropologist, cartoonist, and multimedia artist, Herrera is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University, and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is the author of thirty books in a wide array of genres, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels, and picture books for children. Herrera also served as the Poet Laureate of California from 2012-2014 and was elected as a chancellor for the Academy of American Poets in 2011.
Sponsored by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, the Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of Romance Studies.
Free and open to the public. This event takes place in the Gothic Reading Room of the Rubenstein Library on West Campus.
For more information, visit the website for the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South.